Paddle Trip: Free Float the “Trough” on the South Branch Potomac on Father’s Day

About 40 paddlers joined the Upper Potomac Riverkeeper enjoyed this one of a kind beautiful and scenic river, the Trough! The Trough is a 6-mile long wooded gorge carved by the South Branch Potomac River with cliff faces almost 2,000 feet tall, situated in the Allegheny Mountains. The Trough is a prime breeding ground for bald eagles because of the limited access, clear water and rugged mountain terrain. We provided a catered lunch by Virginia BBQ. Some paddlers and families camped at the Wapocoma Campground just a few miles down the river from Jerry’s General Trough Store and Canoe Rental. Best of all — this trip was FREE through a generous Small Partnership grant from the WV Department of Environmental Protection.

Outfitter: Trough General Store & Canoe Rental 304-822-7601

Paddle Distance: 7 miles/4 hrs

Paddle Level: Beginner/intermediate

Arrival Location: Jerry’s Trough General Store and Canoe Rental [Take WV Route 50 from either east or west to Romney. Just west of Romney, turn south on South Branch River Road, 9 1/2 miles at Public Access #10.]

Arrival Time: 9:30 am, float begins 11:00am